PLAQUEMINE MAN ARRESTED IN UNDERCOVER STING OPERATION

Release Date: 01/20/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a man in Iberville Parish on Jan. 15 for selling deer to undercover agents.




Henry Rineheart, 34, of Plaquemine, was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail this past Friday on a warrant signed by Judge James Best for five counts of selling deer. Rineheart sold five deer to an undercover agent during an investigation that started back in January of 2009.




The arrest marks the first of several to come of persons selling deer to undercover agents throughout Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes. Uniformed agents from the area are currently executing warrants for the other suspects involved in the investigation.




Henry Rineheart will be held in the Iberville Parish Jail and if released will be booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail for selling deer to undercover agents in Port Allen. He will also be assessed with civil restitution for the illegal deer at $524.54 each. The deer in the case were seized and are now being held as evidence.




The penalties for selling deer is fines between $500 and $750, and jail time between 15 to 30 days, or both plus court costs.




For more information, contact Capt. Cliff Comeaux at cjcomeaux@wlf.la.gov.

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